Yesterday we encountered a hodge podge of scripture but finally settled on this: “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” So. You know that friend of yours who you called late at night with maybe a little too much wine in your head? The one who listened patiently while you spilled your guts? Remember the time you had to tell your mom or dad the worst thing you had to tell them and they reacted by chuckling, wrapping you in their arms and saying “It’s okay. It’s okay.”?
This is what Jesus is trying to say to us. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your problem is, no matter how deep the sin you’ve committed, I am here for you. I love you so much and I’m so glad you’ve come and shared this with me. Let’s walk together through this darkness into my light. Let me take at least half of what you’re carrying. I’m not just strong enough to do this with you, I WANT to do this with you.
We all carry something. Something that won’t let us alone with ourselves, something that distracts us from God’s love for us. This is what Jesus wants to carry. That thing. Our thing. He’s inviting us to give it to him. And, like a little child who can sleep better when we get tucked in, we need to let ourselves get tucked in. For tomorrow we will wake up knowing that we are loved, forgiven, looked after and accompanied. “Come to me…”